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Null (pronounced NUL)[4] was the dragon god of death and undeath with two aspects, The Reaver and the Guardian of the Lost. As the Reaver, he was worshiped by evil dragons and took lives, blessing those who served him in this capacity. As the Guardian, he ferried the souls of dead dragons to Dragon Eyrie and ensured they were no longer troubled by the enemies they may have had in life.[2][5] The Guardian of the Lost was known as Chronepsis[6] on other worlds and planes, while the Reaver was known as Faluzure.[1]

DescriptionEdit

Whichever role he was in at the time, he appeared as an impenetrable region of blackness in the shape of a dragon. Legend also had it that to touch him was to instantly die.[2] He was said to speak with the dusty croak of the undead.[4]

RealmEdit

As a greater deity whose portfolio included the death of dragons, Null's realm in Dragon Eyrie was on the peak of the plane and no other draconic god contested that territory.[5] He also had mausoleums in the Plane of Shadow, in Carceri, and in the Outlands.[1]

PersonalityEdit

He was arrogant, fatalistic, proud, and totally lacking in any sense of humor. Null didn't anger easily, but instead slowly nurtured grudges that eventually blossomed into undying hatreds for slights and attacks, whether real or imagined.[4]

HistoryEdit

It was widely believed among his followers that Null was the son of Asgorath and brother of Bahamut and Tiamat.[4]

During the Time of Troubles, Null approached the Cult of the Dragon, in an attempt to counter Tiamat’'s efforts to incorporate the cultists into her own faith. Ill-regarded members of the Sembian cult cells whispered that Null was destined to rule the world with the Cult of the Dragon as his worldly vassals, but it was unknown if Null made such claims himself.[4]

WorshipersEdit

Null was worshiped by dragons of all alignments, living and undead, because of his dual role. Whether a goodly dragon wished to speed a lost loved one to the afterlife or an evil one wanted to attack a city with an army of undead, a prayer was said to Null.[2][4]

ClergyEdit

Dragons and dracoliches who venerated Null and were capable of casting priest spells were considered Null'’s clerics, and were known as annihilists.[4]

Temples Edit

Temples to Null were dimly illuminated subterranean cavernous vaults cloaked in endlessly shifting shadows. Many dragons of all species and alignments traveled to such temples before their deaths, and their remains and the treasure that once adorned their scales engulfed those temple’s floors. Spirits of the dead wyrms and other spectral guardians defended Null'’s temples from interlopers who sought to plunder such rich draconic burial pits.[4]

Two Nullist centers of worship were of major significance to his followers. The Well of Dragons was a vast natural cauldron located due east of the Skull Gorge, and countless dragons visited the ancient temple to die there, some choosing to shatter themselves against the rocks in a fatal dive. It was believed the Dire Dragon had his lair in that temple.[7]

The Crypt of Dragons was a vast underground cavern-tomb near the town of Hilp in Cormyr. The subterranean vault was believed to be located either northwest of the town in the Ring’s Forest, or east under the rolling hills of the high farm country. The shrine was consecrated ages ago to the Guardian of the Lost and was believed to be the largest remaining temple dedicated exclusively to the non-evil aspect of the god.[7]

DogmaEdit

As the Guardian of the Lost, Null taught that all life eventually led into death, which was simply a starting point to another kind existence. True death, on the other hand, was final and absolute.[4]

As the Reaver, Null taught that death and decay were inevitable and omnipresent. To truly become strong, dragons had to incorporate aspects of death into their lives. Dragons who embrace death in life heralded that one day afterlife would be part of the living world as well.[4]

Rites Edit

Null followers were preoccupied with necromantic investigations and the philosophical contemplation of death. A ceremony known as the Drawing Down was held at most once every lunar month, beginning on the night of the waning half-moon. Over the next fortnight, dragons of all species consigned the spirits of the recent dead to the Guardian of the Lost in elaborate ceremonies of corporeal internment that culminate with the appearance of the new moon.[7]

During solar eclipses, followers of the Reaver celebrated the Nullification. On such occasions, followers of Reaver rampaged throughout the lands, wreaking destruction and leaving naught but death in their wake. It is said that the follower who had scored the greatest number of casualties on non-dragons was transformed into a Wyrm of Death and became high priest of Null until the next eclipse.[7]

RelationshipsEdit

Null, as the Guardian of the Lost, was dispassionate and held no allegiances nor enemies, though Labelas Enoreth had an understanding with him.[6]

Null, as the Reaver, really hated his siblings, Bahamut and Tiamat. Although he was once an ally of Tiamat, some rift in prehistory drove them into everlasting enmity.[4] He also hunted Hlal, who, according to myths, once played a particularly elaborate practical joke on him that enraged him so much so that he did not give up the chase, also targeting Hlal's worshipers.[2][4] Null resented Tamara's interference with the inevitability of death as well, and hated her with a special passion.[4]

His only known ally was Kalzareinad, and the death of the demigod led scholars to speculate he sought others to replace him.[4] Null may have been gifted with the secrets of creating dracoliches after Kalzareinad's passing.[7]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Cult of the Dragon (1998) estates that Null is both a lesser deity and an intermediate deity; Draconomicon (1990) states that he is a greater deity.
  2. Cult of the Dragon (1998) estates that Null is both Lawful evil and Lawful neutral.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 120. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  3. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 143. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Dale Donovan (January 1998). Cult of the Dragon. (TSR, Inc), p. 122. ISBN 0-7869-0709-6.

ConnectionsEdit

The Draconic Pantheon
Greater Deities
AsgorathNullTask
Intermediate Deities
KereskaZorquan
Lesser Deities
AstilaborBahamutGaryxHlalLendysSardiorTamaraTiamat
Dead powers
AzharulKalzareinad
Unknown
Zotha


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